Saturday, December 1, 2012

Sensational Saturday - Good for You Books - The Bible

Sensational Saturday - it is sensational to read a book that is good for you!

Throughout the month of December, each Sensational Saturday article will be about a book that has been around for a while and is good for you. Some books we read for fun, just pure enjoyment and we do not care if we learn anything.  There are other books  full of intelligent, well thought out ideas, but are so boring, we want to put them down and not wait to get to the point. The books in the December Sensational Saturday series are books that I have found to be both good for you and fun or interesting to read. The books that we be spotlighted are the following:

  • The Bible
  • Outliers
  • Think and Grow Rich
  • The Greatest Salesman in the World
  • I Love You This Much

These are all books I have read more than once and find myself recommending to other people repeatedly.   Let's start with the first book on the list, the Bible. I am a born-again Christian woman, but that is not why I am recommending the Bible today. I am recommending it because the Bible has been around longer than most books.  Parts of it have been copied and adapted by more people than we can count over the course of time. It is interesting to read the Bible and then see parts of it copied in other works of art and literature.

Throughout high school and college my teachers and professors told me on numerous occasions how the plays and sonnets were taken from Bible stories.  For example, look at the similarities between Pilate and Lady McBeth with the hand washing.  Check out the similarities between Sodom and Gomorrah and much of trashy reality television. The Bible tells us there is nothing new under the sun and on television, there are 200 channels and 190 0f them are showing re-runs!

I often joke with my husband that one of our favorite singers, Fred Hammond, just opens the Bible at random and starts singing what ever he finds on the page. Fred Hammond has a song, we are blessed, the words:

We are blessed in the city blessed in the fields
Blessed when we com and when we go
We cast down every stronghold sickness and poverty must cease
The devil is defeated
And we are blessed

Doesn't that look an awful lot like this passage from the 28th chapter of Deuteronomy:

Blesed shalt thou be inthe city, and blesed shalt thou be in the field . . .
Blessed shalt thou be when thou comest in, and blessed shalt thou be when thou goest out
The Lord shall cause thine enemies that rise up against thee to be smitten before thy face: they shall come out against thee one way, and shall flee before thee seven ways.

When you get a chance, check out the Bible not as a a religious book, this time take a look at it as a cure for writers block!  So the question or you this Sensational Saturday is what book do you turn to to spur your creative juices?

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